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midflex idea bulb Answered

I was in my quantum class today taking in some nice Schrodinger equations. The professor was having a hard time figuring out which students were understanding the material. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a consistent way to show the teacher you understood." So then it hit me... why not have a classic idea bulb on top of a hat. You could push a button and it would light up. Thus indicating to the teacher that you understood the material. Simple enough, but kind of annoying to push a button every could of minutes.

Why not use the new Mindflex toy to gauge your understanding of the material? The user could wear the headset like usual. Instead of controlling a ball like in the game, a sudden decrease in concentration (the realization of an idea) would turn the light bulb on. The electronics should be simple enough. It would obviously be better to use an LED instead of an actual light bulb. I would build it myself, but I don't want to spend $60 on a mindflex game.

What do you think?
Elijah

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

Every so often, in my own classes, I ask for "thumbs".

Thumbs up, they understand, thumbs down, they don't, and they can hold their thumbs at intermediate angles if they think they understand part of what is being taught.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Picard sigh.jpg
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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

LOL Great response picture. What happens when someone thinks they understand but do not really?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

It's not a formal process, and not done in isolation - I pick up uncertainties from their answers to direct questions, or the contents of their books.

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Mirage_662
Mirage_662

9 years ago

Maybe this is just a fun hat to wear to parties then.

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MerlinMakes
MerlinMakes

9 years ago

eh, im gunna say no. the system would be bound to have numerous bugs. for instance the trigger in your setup would be concentration. suppose someone just stopped trying to figure it out? light goes on. suppose they decide they want to think of something else? like how to fix something on their computer at home. light stays off. plus there is the age old solution of "raise your hand and ask". if people don't feel comfortable sharing that they do not understand, then they will not want a light bulb squealing on them either.... you could wire it up to the teacher's computer or some display only he can see, but i see this as rather invasive anyway. its basically designed to read your mind. lol.